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the massachusetts health care law. the same law that become the framework for the affordable care act. i don't remember conservatives complaining about the law then. back then everyone was all smiles, even this guy. a top official at the conservative think tank, the heritage foundation. look how happy he is. but now suddenly the heritage foundation is the group leading the charge against the president's health care law. it's even supported senator ted cruz's anti-obama care tour this summer. and today senator cruz continued that crusade at the headquarters for the heritage foundation. >> it is a particular privilege being here at heritage, heritage plays such an important role in helping articulate and defend conservative principles across this country. and in no fight has that been more apparent than in the fight over obama care. >> but republicans were on the other side of that fight just a few years ago. they've completely flip-flopped. now the whole right wing is against it. why? because president obama is for it. but he's come too far to back down now. >> and if if was hard doing it jus
be grandfathered in. >> she's lying because the grandfather clause for those plans, right in the law, had an old list of exceptions that made the grandfather clause meaningless. compare it with the grandfather clause for unions in the very next paragraph where there, that is guaranteed period, as the president said, without the long string of fine print to make it meaningless. stuart: got it. mr. waxman is on, getting political, go. >> he said tens of millions would lose their insurance, but in fact everybody in this country is going to have action cess to health insurance because they won't be discriminated against. they said that it would explode the deficit and yet the reputable organizations like the budget office says it's going to save 100 billion dollars over ten years. so we've had a litany of objections from the republicans about the affordable care act which has driven this to such a frenzy, they even closed the government. so, now, we have you before the committee and you're being asked, i suppose later you'll be asked about the website, but let me pursue this question about individua
this law work. they voted over 40 times to repeal the law. they shut down the government and threatened to force a default in order to stop it. they're rooting for failure. madam secretary, can you tell us what would be the impact on americans health insurance if republicans had been successful in their efforts to defund or repeal the affordable care act? >> well, i think that the estimates of the congressional budget office is that would have increased the deficit by about $110 billion in the first decade and close to a trillion dollars in the second decade. we know that we have 42 or 43 million americans without health insurance at all, some of them medicaid eligible and some over the medicaid eligibility. 30 governors so far, republicans and democrats, have declared their support for moving ahead with medicaid expansion, but absent that, the affordable care act, those folks would be without any kind of health security. and in the private market, what we know is it takes a real toll. but i'd say the biggest issue is not just the financial toll, not the community toll, not the country
of massachusetts, willard mitt romney sat down to sign his first legislation of health care reform law. nothing like it existed in the country back then. but republican mitt romney and the late democratic senator ted kennedy and a bunch of other folks from the state worked very, very hard to craft a law that made universal coverage possible in the great state of massachusetts. governor romney signed that law publicly with a big grin on his face back in 2006. well, today, president obama returned to that very room to talk about his signature health care law, which is based on what massachusetts did that worked so well in that state. the president was introduced by mitt romney's successor in massachusetts, governor duval patrick, and both the president and his friend, governor patrick, talked about what has gone wrong or can go wrong, with health care in your state. they talked about what could go wrong in the initial rollout, what goes wrong and how that stuff can get fixed. >> but our launch seven years ago was not flawless. we asked an i.t. staffer who has been at our connecter since the begin
to discontinue the plans that people had when the law was passed, yes or no? >> not when the law was passed. no, sir. that's the grandfather clause. >> that's because the plans existed prior to passage of the law are grandfathered in as you have said? >> that's correct. >> so if an insurance company is no longer offering a certain plan, that's because that insurance company made a decision to change their policies and that caused them to take away the grandfather status from their insurance purchasers, is that right? >> that's correct. >> now, madame secretary. i want you to submit for the record a statement of what it is we can do about insurance companies that run around canceling the policies of their people and i don't have time to get the answer but i want to get a very clear statement from you as to what you can do so we can take some skin off some folks that have it coming. madame secretary, it's my understanding that these decisions of a business character are most common in the individual insurance market and that much turnover already exists and existed prior to the enactment of the l
. that is why allowing insurers to continue offering deficient plans next year is such a bad policy. the law says that all plans except those that were grandfathered in 2010, must meet the new consumer protection standards. if we don't enforce this policy, insurance companies can continue offering flimsy coverage that disappears when people actually need it and no one should want that. it is understandable that there will be a focus today on what isn't working, but we must also remember what is working. the health insurance plans that are being offered in the exchanges are good plans. the premiums are much lower than expected. 60% of the uninsured individuals shopping in the new marketplaces will be able to get coverage for less than $100 per month. half of the young adults will be able to get coverage for less than $50 per month. and since congress adopted the affordable care act, health care costs across the whole economy have grown at their lowest level in decades. the success of the affordable care act is due to the efforts of many people, but one individual more than any other is respon
clearly, there is a demand. we need to get information to people about the law. this is the law, this is not any longer a debate. it was a law passed by both houses of congress, signed by the president of the united states, upheld by the supreme court. the president was reelected. it is the law. and people have benefits and rights under that law, and we've got to get that information so they can make good choices for themselves and their families. >> well, thank you. it is the law, and, frankly, i find it disconcerting that my republican colleagues have done nothing but root for this law to fail for the last three and a half years. and now there's a big show here of being upset at problems with the website and keeping people from signing up for coverage fast enough. so i would just say to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, you're really on the wrong side of history here. the website will be fixed and millions of americans will be able to get quality affordable health insurance coverage through the affordable care act. and again, i thank you for being here today, madam
, the way the law is written -- >> it's a yes or no. let's say you're wrong on that. yes or no, if you're wrong, will you? >> i don't want misinformation to american public. i don't want to give misinformation -- >> i want you to research -- if you're wrong -- will you go into the exchanges? >> if i'm wrong -- >> if you can, will you? that's a yes or no. >> reporter: those are the two being pushed out by the rnc rapid response team, circling in on the answer by sebelius where she says whatever, that is something which you're ever before a congressional committee you never want to say because it will go viral quite quickly. it's a very contentious issue on capitol hill right now because a lot of members are going to enroll staffs in the d.c. exchange and they want to have the same standard for the administration and that's why she got hit hard with that. overall from conversations i've had with republicans and democrats, the general consensus is at a sebelius kept her head above water and took fault for what happened and accepted blame. she said it was a debacle. she said it wasn't acce
marketplace before the affordable care act became law? >> i would say it wasn't a mark marketplace at all. it was unprotected, unregulated, and people were really on their own. >> madam secretary, the kaiser family foundation reports have over 50% turnout of individuals that have coverage and individual market churn out coverage every year. they either lose coverage, priced out or drop it s that consistent with what you're aware snf. >> that's an accurate snapshot. about a third of the people are in for about six months. and over half are in for a year or less. >> so individuals that were in the individual marketplace before the passage of the affordable care act did not have the same protections as those in group coverage? >> that's true. >> and would those individuals in the individual marketplace sometimes have higher co-pays? >> higher co-pays, unlimited out of pocket costs for often coverage that was medically underwritten or excluded whatever medical condition they had in the first place. >> so these were typically one-year contracts. if they use the plan because they got sick nor a
yesterday. we want to remind viewers as we peel away the layers of this law from march of 2010 when then speaker of the house nancy pelosi said this about obamacare. >> but we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it away from the fog of the controversy. >> now we're finding millions of americans could have their insurance dropped as a result. steve, want to p put you on pause in a moment. when we come back we'll talk about the politics. 10 any hoyer said yesterday the law should have been more precise. you wonder how many more democrats are falling into that way of thinking, but, steve, standby. there is sebelius in the room. martha has more. martha: shaking hand to say hello to everybody as she gets ready to go here. a lot of smiles and friendliness on way in. we'll she as she sits at table. the lead contractor on healthcare.gov, warned her, warned hhs, the holt and human services website was not ready to go. so what under after that is one of the big questions that we expect kathleen sebellius will get. chris stirewalt joins me right now. that is the big issue
or massachusetts health care reform program into law with senator kennedy standing by watching him. so it's a little bit of a statement as president obama responds to some of the republican criticism that he's also getting.nding for headline. >> here is fred upton, chairman of the committee. >> good morning. energy and commerce committee welcomes the president's point person on health care, secretary sebelius, as part of our continuing oversight of the health care law. and we look forward to a thoughtful conversation on a number of issues including transparency and fairness. over months leading up to october 1 launch, the secretary and her colleagues at hhs repeatedly looked us in the eye and testified that everything was on track. despite the numerous red flags an lack oall systems were a go. but something happened along the way. either those officials did not know how bad the situation was or they did not disclose it. ed a sli, here we are now five weeks into enrollment and the news seems to get worse by the day. healthcare.gov was down last night at 5:00 p.m.. it alsos of down on monda
care law. can she restore lost confidence in her own leadership? how vigorously will the democrats come to her defense or will they pile on? a preview of how the next few hours are likely to play out when the medicare chief was on the hot seat yesterday. >> do the millions of americans who attempted to use health care.gov, i want to apologize that the website has not worked as well as it should. this experience has not lived up to our expectations or expectations of the american people and it is not acceptable. >> according to her prepared testimony, sebelius will repeat the last line nearly verbatim saying they have not lived up to the expectations of the american people. her remarks do not include a formal apology and she is expected to blame the private contractor who is built the site saying their work has not met expectations. overnight the house oversight committee released a report from the main contractor showing it reported concerns that the site was not ready for launch as far back as august. the status report was not a dire warning and was more of a list of things to do. repu
insurers to continue offering deficient plans next year is such a bad policy. the law says that all plans, except those that were grandfathered in 2010, must be the new consumer protection standards. if we don't enforce this policy, insurance companies can continue offering flimsy coverage that disappears when people actually need it. no one should want that. it is understandable that there will be a focus today on what is not working. we must also remember what is working. the health insurance plans that are being offered in the exchanges are good plans. their premiums are much lower than expected. 60% of the uninsured individuals shopping in the new marketplaces to be able to get coverage for less than $100 per month. half of the young adults will be able to get coverage for less than $50 per month. since congress adopted the affordable care act, health care costs across the whole economy have fallen to their lowest level in decades. the success of the affordable care act is due to the efforts of many people. one individual more than any other is responsible for all of the good that has
. and essentially accusing republicans of being hypocrites. here is congressman engel. >> it is the law and frankly, i find it disconcerting that my republican colleagues have done nothing but root for this law to fail for the last three years. and now there is this big show of being upset with the website of keeping people from signing up fast enough. so you are really on the long side of history here. the website will be fixed and millions of americans will be able to get quality affordable healthcare coverage through the affordable care act. >> and secretary sebelius is again promising that everything will be squared away and ironed out by the end of november. we'll see, dell. >> randall pinkston on capitol hill. thank you very much. >>> as the new health care act is rolling out, millions of insurance companies are rolling out letters to their clients. david talked to one such couple in north carolina. >> reporter: greg and his wife not an unpleasant surprise from their insurance company. they currently play $629 to cover themselves and their daughter. but in a letter blue cross and blue shield
the health care law included a hardship exemption from the individual mandate yet the administration has failed to finalize the application form for the hardship exemption three and one half years after we passed this law. as of today, can an individual apply for a hardship exemption from the individual mandate on healthcare.gov, yes or no? >> i don't know. >> i do. it's no. on october 15th "politico" reported that if the online system for getting into obamacare coverage is rickety, the system for getting out of the mandate doesn't even exist yet. hhs says it will take another month at least for the administration to finalize the forms for the hardship exemption from the individual mandate. why has it taken three and one half years to finalize a simple application form for an exemption from the individual mandate? >> well, sir as you know the individual mandate is not in place until next year. we have, made it very clear that if somebody is medicaid eligible in a state that doesn't choose -- >> my last question and my last second, estimated 16 million people in the individual market have
between the lines there. and did the republicans or and did they make an agreement and get the law changed just yet? >> i don't think so. i think that really what will get the law changed ultimately it is failing all over the place. additional stories out today about lack of quality coverage and lack availability. and poor quality in coverage. people living in major cities that are not going to be able to get coverage in the local hospitals because of the way the exchanges are working or not working. the fact that so many people are paying attention to this and if it is not you, someone you know will lead members of congress and democrats will look for additional solutions and be open to things they were not open to six weeks ago. >> and a leading democrat in the house said the law needed to be more precise. and we are watching the democrats and seeing how they move. they will exact the change if there is any to comprehend. see you soon from washington ally. >>> right now house republicans are getting a briefing on the obama care roll out. they are meeting with mike hash, and we are monito
, the law is working well. >> with a free market-based system that gets all of our citizens in the system. not with a government takeover. >> it doesn't mean a government takeover. connect the progressive vision of health care for all with some ideas about markets and competition that had long been championed by conservatives. ♪ ♪ i'm stepping up >> good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. big baseball game tonight in boston. but something really changed happened just within the last hour. the clean-up hitter sdepd to the plate and knocked it out of the park. president obama proved that he can hit the curveball. because that's all the mainstream media has been throwing at the american people as of late. one curveball after another. so the president, at the top of his game, like the world series, steps out and lays it right on the line and sets the record straight. we start with breaking news tonight. president obama just wrapped up a big speech in boston, massachusetts, speaking in the big city. the beantown. you know, it's the same place governor mitt romney sign
-- >> you're in charge of this law, correct, why aren't you in the exchange? >> because i'm part of the federal employee health benefit plan. >> why won't you go into the exchange? you're a part of this law, literally in charge of this law. should you be any different than the americans out there losing their health insurance? >> i'm part of the 95% with affordable eligible health care coverage. >> most americans aren't available to them. why will you not agree -- >> i'm not eligible for the exchange because i have coverage in -- >> you can decide to drop your coverage of your employer. you have the choice to decide not to choose -- >> that the not true, sir. >> members of congress are now part of the exchange thanks to an amendment that was added by congress but i'm not eligible. >> with all due respect. >> if i have affordable coverage in my workplace, i'm not eligible to go into the marketplace, that's part of the law. >> madam secretary, i would encourage you to be just like the american people and enter the exchange and agree to find a way -- >> it's illegal. i would like to
with the affordable care act. >> the problem with obamacare isn't just the website, it's the whole law. >> democrats fiercely defend the law and site. >> everybody needs to chill out, because it is going to work. >> we are working around the clock to deliver the shopping experience that you deserve. >> according to prepared testimony released by the white house, secretary see bellous will admit to some of the problems saying: >> she is expected to blame the website contractors saying they have not met expectations. last week in another congressional hearing, the lead contractors said they only had two weeks in september to do end to end testing of the system, something they say should have taken months. the white house is still promising a quick fix. >> by the end of november, the experience on the site will be smooth for the vast majority of users. >> the obama administration points out there are other ways to sign up. >> they can use the call center, paper applications, then we have in-person assistance available in each state. >> president obama is scheduled to be in boston today. he's hoping to
the president made when he sold his health care law. promises such as if you like your health care plan you can keep it and that premiums would drop by $2,500. those promises, mr. speaker, are now on the ash heap of history. here's what i'm hearing from my district. a woman from allegeny county recently showed me the letter she got from her insurance letter. the letter begins -- this is to inform you that we'll discontinue your health care plan on december 31, 2013. mr. rothfus: a father tells me that his family's coverage will be terminated next year. another woman in the north hills tells me she gets insurance through her employer, a small business, but her share of the premiums are frippling. when a product comes with a promise that is broken, you take it back and look for a new product. the empowering patients first health and the american health care reform act are examples of new health care reform products we can look at. they are solutions that empower consumers and not washington elites and they are a good place to start. i thank the speaker and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: f
coffee grounds to wait his turn. >> why won't you go into the exchange, you are part of this law and in charge of this law should you be any different than the other americans out there who are losing their health insurance? >> i am part of the 95 percent with affordable, available healthcare if i have affordable work coverage in my workplace i am not eligible to go into the workplace. >> i would encourage you to be just like the american people and enter the exchange and agree to find a way to do that. i don't care. >> it is illegal. >> stewart: did you hear her? it is illegal. doesn't stop him. well, breaking the law! i encourage you to join billions of, millions of americans who break the law every day. i was, impressive grandstanding, with delivered with panache, but let this missouri congressman tell you how not to take no hypothetical force a moment. >> if it is possible for you to go into the exchange, like all of these millions of americans that are going to the exchanges, will you commit to forego your government insurance plan you are on now and join us in the pool? >>
's the whole law. >> reporter: democrats fiercely defending the law and the site. >> everybody needs to chill out because it is going to work. >> reporter: according to prepared testimony, secretary see -- se bealous has said, quote. see bealous is expected to blame the contractors. the lead contractors on the site said they only had two weeks in september to do end to end testing on the system. something they say should have taken months. >> by the end of november the experience on the site will be smooth for the vast majority of users. >> reporter: the obama administration points out there are other ways to sign up, through call centers, paper applications and in person assistance in every state. eric holder, al jazeera. >> these are the live images coming from capitol hill. secretary sebelius seated just moments ago and she was surrounded by a sea of cameras. this is the beginning of the testimony. >> we look forward to a thoughtful conversation on a number of issues, including transparency and fairness. in the months leading up to the october 1st, launch, the secretary and her colleagues
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care. the state of massachusetts to defend his signature law today. >> i'm confident these marketplaces will work. because massachusetts has shown that the model works. yes, this is hard. the health care system is a big system. and it is complicated. and if it was hard doing it just in one state, it is harder to do it in all 50 states. especially when the governors of a bunch of states and half of the congress are not trying to help. yeah. it is hard, but it is worth it. >> the president was in boston trying to reboot the conversation around the new health law. house republicans were back in washington hard at work investigating the law's troubled debut. >> once again, here we have my republican colleagues trying to scare everybody. >> will the gentleman yield? >> no, i will not yield to this monkey court. >> today, the monkey court was back in session. this time with health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius fielding the questions. from congressmen eager to get to the bottom of the rocky health reform rollout. did you know, for example, that kathleen sebelius used to be gov
care law, and you know it's considered a post decision condition. i don't know where to go with this. >> it is a post existing condition. >> it's funny. we keep talking about should we -- somebody's head has got to roll. heads rolling everywhere. if you fire somebody, obama is going to replace him or her with somebody worse. he's a bug lamp for bozos. americans have to do the firing. republicans are not off the hook. to sit here and talk about this is terrible and bad, where the hell are your candidate, alternatives, path to winning elections. you can't sit there and go that person should be fired. that's where you start not where you end. >> you're saying you can't just be against the other guy. come up with something to motivate people to move in your direction? >> come up with candidates that aren't chumps. >> that's frustrating for me. i saw someone on my own net work last night suggest to a congressman, why didn't you warn us if you knew it would be bad? they had been trying for a long time. no one would pay attention until there was a disaster. several members of congress tried
, insurance policies that were in effect on march 23rd, 2010, when the law was enacted would be grandfathered. then a few months later despite the president's word, you all at hhs helped promulgate a new reg that in your own review showed it effectively could deny perhaps as many as more than 50%, maybe even higher of those holding individual policies the right to renew their own insurance plan. and i would guess that there are a lot of us on this panel today that are hearing from angry and confuse confused constituents, who are now being forced to go on to a an inept web site, whether they like it or not, to shop for a new roo plaeplacement policy, f premiums as high as 100% before and some up to 400% higher that i've heard from as well rising deductibl deductibles. when was the president informed of the regulation change? if so, was he informed this totally undermines his biggest selling point. in a statement each made more than three years after the regulation change was promulgated, the president said again, "the first thing u need to know is this -- if you have already have health care,
of this law, correct? why aren't you in the exchange? >> because i'm part of the federal employee health benefits plan. >> why won't you go into the exchange? you're part of this law. you're literally in charge of this law. should you be any different than all of the other americans out there who are losing their health insurance today? >> i'm part of the 95% with affordable, available health coverage as are most of your colleagues. >> most americans -- it isn't available to them. why will you not agree? -- >> i'm not eligible for the exchange because i have coverage in -- >> you could decide to drop your coverage of your employer. you have the choice to decide not to choose -- >> that is not true, sir. >> i chose not to go -- >> members of congress are now part of the exchange thanks to an amendment added by congress -- >> with all due respect -- >> if i have affordable coverage in my workplace, i'm not eligible to go into the marketplace. that's part of the law. >> i would encourage you to be just like the american people and enter the exchange and agree to find a way to do that. >> it
obama defends his signature health care reform law and the cabinet gets thumped for how poorly the roll out of the website is going. breaking news in the death of a 17-year-old african-american young man in georgia. kendrick johnson's parents insisted it was not an accident as local officials concluded, but murder. earlier today a judge in georgia ordered the release of new potential evidence of surveillance from the high school gym where his body was found taken before he died or was killed. we learned the justice diameter announce whether his death warrants a kifl rights investigation. details from victor blackwell. victor? >> in just a few hours, michael moore will announce whether or not his death will get the federal investigation. michael moore who had i contact with that he had this information, he led a search and the family desperately wants this investigation. >> months of protests. sit ins and marches had shaken the small south georgia city. demonstrators want answers in the death of kendrick johnson and soon a u.s. attorney will announce whether or not he wants answers too.
of implementing the law, it went on for hours. >>> the story of a little boy and his pal who happens to be the pope. amazing story in a moment. gent. did i tell you i am on the... [ both ] chicken pot pie diet! me too! [ male announcer ] so indulgent, you'll never believe they're light. 100-calorie progresso light soups. >>> welcome back. the fight over obama care. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius drew the hometown hostility on capitol hill and president obama had better luck in massachusetts. speaking this afternoon in boston, he underscored the similarities, tauted the web fits and criticism he over sold and acknowledged the healthcare.gov website is a mess. >> look, there is no denying it. right now, the website is too slow. too many people have gotten stuck and i'm not happy about it. and neither are a lot of americans who need healthcare and they are trying to figure out how they can sign up as quickly as possible. so there is no excuse for it. and i take full responsibility for making sure it gets fixed asap. we are working overtime to improve it every day.
stating that the new health care law was indeed the reason for the removal of my current health care plan. madam secretary, what you would tell shawn who liked his plan and now lost it? he was promised by you and the president he'd be able to keep that plan. what would you tell shawn now that he lost his plan? >> i would tell him to shop in the marketplace and out of the marketplace. >> do you really think that's acceptable answer to shawn. >> if united chose not to keep shawn's plan in effect for shawn -- >> because of the law. >> sir, the law said if you keep shawn's plan in place, if he liked his plan, if you only -- then the plan is still there. >> you and i may disagree over who you work for. i work for shawn. you work for shawn, madam secretary. shawn lost his plan that he liked. and there are thousands and millions of shawns throughout this country that lost the plan they liked because some bureaucrat in washington said we think your plan is not good enough even though you like it, even though you were promised can you keep it, you're now not able to keep that plan. i think you des
. >> the person in charge of implementing president obama's healthcare reform law was on the hot seat today on capitol hill. health and human services secretary kathleen is he begout facing hours of questions from lawmakers over the troubled insurance website and others issues as well. several republican lawmakers on the committee using the hearing to make the comparison to a famous state where sebelius was governor. >> well, madam secretary, while you're from can kansas, we're nn kansas any mother. some might say that we're in t "the wizard of oz" given the parallel universe. while some think things are great. you, apparently, and you apologized and said it was a debacle, you also seem this think that the affordable care act is great while myself and others have a different view. >> and again kathleen sebelius, the health and human services secretary did apologize for the problems but that was not enough for some members of congress. here to talk about some of the glitches that are framing these hearings is andrew, ceo of c.t.o. software, a company that launches government website from irv
in the exchange? you're in charge of this law. why aren't you in the exchange? >> because i'm part of the federal employee health plan. >> why won't you go into the exchange? you're literally in charge of this law. should you be any different than all the other americans how the out there losing health insurance today? >> i'm part of the 95% with affordable available health coverage as are most of your colleagues in this room. >> most americans it isn't available to them. >> i am not eligible for the exchange because i have coverage. >> you can decide to drop your coverage of your employer. you have the choice to decide not to the choose. >> that is not true, sir. >> i chose not to go. >> members of congress are now part of the exchange, thanks to an aext added by congress. i'm not eligible. if i have the affordable coverage in my workplace, i'm not eligible to go into the marketplace. >> with all due respect, madame secretary, i would encourage you to be just like the american people and enter the exchange and agree 0 find a way. >> it's illegal. >> i would like to show you an advertisement goin
. >> you are in charge of the law. should you be different from all of the other americans out the there? >> i told the president we were ready to go. clearly i was wrong. >> sebelius took questions from house lawmakers for almost three and a half hours defending obama care despite the disastrous rollout and continued to twist facts about the health care.gov website and glitches. watch this. >> we were anxious to get the website up and running and functional which we have clearly failed to do to date although i would suggest the website has never crashed. it is functional but at a very slow speed and low reliability and has continued to function. >> oh, slow speed. how can she say that with a straight face? we tried on this program four times to create an account on health care.gov. we have been shut out each and every the time. earlier today while kathleen sebelius was testifying we tried to log on and look what happened. as you can see on the left it says, the system is down at the moment. we are experiencing technical difficulties and hope to have them resolve soon. please try later.
the affordable care act became law, and you really like that plan, you are able to keep it. that's what i said when i was running for office. that was part of the promise we made. but ever since the law was passed if insurers decided to downgrade or cancel these substandard plans, what we said under the law is you've got to replace them with quality comprehensive coverage because that too was a central premise of the affordable care act act from the very beginning. >> essentially saying if you like your plan and they changed the plan to something you shouldn't like, i will change it for you. first off on the qualifying statement, 60% of all of these exchanges only have one option across the country. so you can't shop, you only have one product to choose from number one. number two, they did the slightest change to the health care which you hads, you are able to be kicked off, no longer to be grandfathered. the president did a wonderful two-step. instead of saying if you like your plan you can keep your plan. if you like your plan, you'll be able to keep it unless we deem it not good enough for
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